Hundreds of 'Rakkasans' returning to Fort Campbell through Sunday from deployment

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FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky — Hundreds of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will be returning to Fort Campbell over the next few days.

The post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line says the soldiers are from multiple battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans."

More than 600 soldiers are returning from deployment in support of contingency operations. Welcome ceremonies are planned for Friday and Sunday.

The Rakkasans' nickname came after World War II from a Japanese translator who used the word that translates to "falling down umbrella men" for the paratroopers.

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